Zot:5

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Zot:5 is the final floor of the Realm of Zot. Part of the floor is similar to Zot:1-4, but the rest is taken over by the massive Orb chamber, one of several pre-designed vaults containing the Orb of Zot. Picking up the Orb allows you to ascend the Dungeon, escape, and win the game.

The Orb chamber is one of the hardest places you'll have to trudge through, barring some of the worst Ziggurat floors. It is almost entirely constructed of indestructible walls, prevents teleport control, and has a layout that makes monsters likely to come at you in groups. These monsters include:

Charging in is almost certain suicide. To succeed, consider your build and plan your approach around that. The rest of the page provides helpful information and outlines common strategies.

Contents

Orb Chamber Map

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NAME:       hall_of_Zot
PLACE:      Zot:5
ORIENT:     north
TAGS:       no_dump
LFLAGS:     no_tele_control
LFLOORCOL:  magenta
LROCKCOL:   lightmagenta
LFLOORTILE: floor_rough_magenta
LROCKTILE:  wall_zot_lightmagenta

#traps
SUBST:    C = X:900 c:100
KFEAT:    8 = any trap / w:20 floor
SHUFFLE:  ABab / ^^FF / ^^FF / ^^FF
SHUFFLE:  Aa / Bb
KFEAT:    A = any trap / w:30 floor
KFEAT:    B = any trap / w:10 floor
SUBST:    a=F, b=6 F
SUBST:    ^ = ^ .:10
SUBST:    . = .:500 ^
KMASK:    1! = no_item_gen
SUBST:    ! = ^ .:40

#monsters
MONS:     patrolling Orb Guardian, Killer Klown, electric golem, orb of fire
MONS:     ancient lich, orange crystal statue / silver statue / ice statue
SUBST:    8=8., 8=8., 5=5.
SHUFFLE:  234
SUBST:    ? = .:8 ?
SUBST:    ? : KLM
SUBST:    K = 4:30 5 8 9
SUBST:    L = 4 5:30 8 9
SUBST:    M = 4 5 8:30 9

COLOUR:   c = magenta
TILE:     c = dngn_stone_wall_magenta

KITEM:    Z = Orb of Zot

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Please note that this layout is not the only one possible. While the general layout will always be very similar, the final chamber with the Orb may be different.

Legend:

  • X - Permanent rock walls that cannot be affected in any way
  • x - Diggable rock walls
  • c - Shatterable stone walls
  • C - Usually permanent rock walls (10% chance of stone walls)
  • A, B - Floor with a 33% chance of being a trap
  • a, b - Floor or granite statues with a 1/100 chance of being an orange crystal, silver, or ice statue.
  • . - Floor with a 1/51 chance of being a trap
  • 1 - Orb Guardian, also 1/3 chance of a trap
  • 2/3/4 - Random monsters (Killer Klowns, electric golems, or orbs of fire)
  • 5 - 1/2 chance of an ancient lich
  • 8 - 1/4 chance of a random hard monster, 1/3 chance of a trap
  • ? - 1/2 chance of anything that can generate in Zot, weighted toward the above listed monsters

Preparations

The following items, abilities, and intrinsics are recommended for surviving the Orb chamber. They are ordered in terms of importance. A more experienced player can clear the chamber with fewer, while a player who just reached Zot:5 for the first time will probably want to have as many of them as possible.

Preliminaries

  • Clear Zot:1-4. This is optional, but it gives a large amount of experience and makes the ascension run safer.
  • If you have one, use a scroll of magic mapping once you reach Zot:5 to see the layout of the chamber.
  • Clear everything outside the chamber first. This section will be just like the upper floors of Zot. Doing this will make escapes much safer.

Monster Strategies

  • Killing off ancient liches should be your top priority.
    • Haste yourself whenever dealing with them. They can summon brutal demons with torment and hellfire, or cast Iron Shot or Crystal Spear for massive damage. Some of the best ways of killing them are: good weapons of antimagic (a short sword of antimagic is not a good weapon) or holy wrath, Dispel Undead, Orb of Destruction, Shatter, Iron Shot, Tornado, Summon Horrible Things, Dragon's Call, or Shadow Creatures. If using heavy Conjurations, couple it with a Spellforged Servitor.
    • Ideally you'll be able to kill any ancient liches before they summon too many demonic reinforcements. If they do get anything frightening out, remember that killing the summoner is the fastest method for destroying their summons. Attempting to flee by blinking is extremely risky, and by foot often results in death by torment and hellfire. Don't let the liches last long enough to make this a problem!
    • Remember that they won't cast anything if they can't see a target; try not to spend too long with them in your line of sight without attending to them. Melee characters will want to retreat around corners to force them into melee range, as rushing towards them gives them several turns to hit you with a crystal spear or summon fiends, not to mention the fact that you'll likely encounter even more enemies as you enter unexplored areas.
  • Orbs of fire are next on the list (but if you're facing ancient liches and orbs of the fire at the same time, you should strongly consider making an escape). If you lack at least rF++, they can deal incredible damage very quickly, and they will almost certainly mutate you several times if you don't resist mutations. There's no safe way to deal with them, since they chew through most summons fast and resist almost everything. Melee fighters should use antimagic weapons to negate their attacks (if you haven't found one yet, freezing or vorpal weapons are your best alternatives), while ranged fighters can deal significantly increased damage with silver ammunition. Conjurers should cast their most powerful non-elemental Conjurations, such as Iron Shot, Crystal Spear, Orb of Destruction, Tornado, Glaciate, or Fire Storm.
    • Again, spellforged servitors shine here. Their elemental resistances allow them to soak a few orb of fire attacks without dying, their spells are nearly as potent as your own, and you can hide behind one to avoid any bad mutations reaching you.
  • Whenever you come across a melee monster (Killer Klown, Orb Guardian, etc.), grab its attention and retreat to a safe place to kill it. Keep in mind that dragons and electric golems will shoot their breath/special attacks at you, so you may have to hide behind a corner to force it follow you.
  • Speaking of Orb Guardians, they are fast and strong, but they can be confused. If you're about to be swarmed by a bunch, it's often a great idea to have them bashing one another instead of you.
  • Moths of wrath may berserk monsters or you. Try not to be there when this happens to a pack of Orb Guardians.

Strategies

WARNING: The strategies below call for specific abilities and tactics, and may not apply to your character!

Clear the Chamber Gradually

The most straightforward strategy is to simply walk into the chamber, wake up as few monsters as possible, then retreat and kill them one by one. Repeat. When exploring the two areas adjacent to the Orb's chamber, stick to the dividing wall, peek around the corner, and lure back anything you find. Approaching too aggressively will likely lure out more than you'd like to take on all at once.

Lure Monsters Out

By careful use of noise (shouting and spells are the most reliable means of generating this), you may be able to wake up a few monsters, get them chasing you, and run away. Note that due to the chamber layout and the patrolling Orb Guardians, this may be hard to do without getting swamped.

Go In With an Army

If you can, summon as many creatures as possible. You can then hang back as they fight the enemies. This may be accomplished in many ways:

It's worth noting that in Zot, almost any permanent servant will be annhilated quickly, especially when the orbs of fire start tossing around fireballs. Hordes of minions can certainly take down any given local, but you'll be going through a lot of minions! Since all of these units are fairly short-lived, this makes summons and divine companions much more attractive than the more "permanent" minions, as they depend less on limited resources like corpses.

Blast Your Way Through

A hasted Conjurations specialist with a reliable means of recharging MP (potions of magic, Sif Muna's channeling, Sublimation of Blood, etc.) can often simply blast his way through with high-end spells like Lehudib's Crystal Spear, Orb of Destruction, Fire Storm, or Glaciate. This is especially true when you're accompanied by a spellforged servitor. Mind the noise, don't attract more monsters than your MP can handle, and don't be afraid to fall back and recover if need be.

Lugonu's Corruption

Worshiping Lugonu can make rushing into the Orb chamber a much less daunting task. If you corrupt the level at the entrance of the left or right side of the chamber (at "AA" or "BB" on the map), you will likely break through a path to the Orb room and in the meantime create walls and demons blocking the path of monsters. Haste yourself, rush past any remaining guardians, read a scroll of teleportation, and grab the Orb. If you wind up in a dangerous spot, teleport yourself again and hope for a better landing. If need be, banishing yourself to the Abyss can save your life and give you a chance to heal, but don't forget that you will return to the exact same spot you left from.

Shatter/Lee's Rapid Deconstruction

If you don't worship Lugonu, but can cast Shatter or Lee's Rapid Deconstruction, you may use them to dig through the shatterable stone walls. Note, however, that this is much slower and will make a lot of noise, enough to instantly awaken almost every monster on the floor. As a bonus, however, Shatter deals very respectable damage to most enemies found here (apart from orbs of fire). Once you clear a path to the Orb, grab it quickly and teleport away as described above. Zin's Sanctuary ability is a nice addition to keep you alive when all else fails.

Stealth/Stabbing

Walk into the Orb chamber and try to stab any sleeping monsters (Orb Guardians, ancient liches, orbs of fire, etc.). If possible, cast Darkness to limit the number of opponents you have to deal with. Be sure to have a means of escape, preferably Haste, and make sure you are extremely stealthy if you want to try this approach. If an Orb Guardian wakes up, lure it outside the chamber before fighting it to avoid waking up any other monsters. When you're in sight of the Orb, grab it and teleport away.

Teleport with Safety System

If you worship Nemelex Xobeh, you can randomly teleport around and entomb yourself with a Tomb card in case of failure. If you land near enemies, blink away before entombing. If you worship Zin, you may use Sanctuary for a similar effect. Borgnjor's Revivification, Death's Door, or Elyvilon also work fairly well with this strategy.

Run and Teleport

The fastest and riskiest approach involves simply teleporting on Zot:5 until you land near the Orb, grabbing it, and teleporting repeatedly until you find an up staircase. Be hasted for as much of this as possible, heal while waiting for teleports to kick in, and use potions of cancellation when needed to purge any excess magical contamination. Expect to take some damage as you flee. It's more than a little suicidal, but it's possible.

Requirements:

  • Fast movement speed: Boots of running, Haste.
  • Very stealthy (Agility and Flight can help)
  • Darkness is helpful, in that the reciprocally reduced LOS makes it less likely that you will be spotted by a passing ancient lich or orb of fire.
  • Several potions of healing and a wand of heal wounds with scrolls of recharging
  • Fire resistance (rElec is also recommended)
  • The ability to teleport several times in a row (two teleport wands and a few scrolls of recharging will suffice)
  • Several scrolls of fog and/or Summon Butterflies to avoid combat

History

Prior to 0.12, digging out everything outside the Orb chamber would increase the chances of landing somewhere safe after a random teleport.